You have the timing right, you're in the mood and you finally get around to doing
the business. So what's the best way to make love to get pregnant? Should you be
up against a wall or in the missionary position? While it's possible to get pregnant
in any position, there are certain ways that make it a little more likely.
LET GRAVITY DO THE HARD WORK
Making sure the sperm are as close as possible to your cervix (the neck of your
uterus) is vital for egg fertilisation. Getting sperm to swim up your fallopian
tubes is the key, so help them by letting gravity do some of the work, either by
lifting your bottom and legs up in the air, or leaning them against the wall. You
could also try lying on your back in the missionary position with a pillow underneath
your hips to give you an extra lift.
BE A MISSIONARY
It might seem like the boring way to get intimate but the missionary position, with
all that deep penetration close to your cervix, is going to give your partner's
sperm a little extra help in their swim for the egg.
STAY IN BED
Don't leap out of bed and go straight to an aerobics class after sex: if you want
to get pregnant, stay put. Lie on your side and draw your knees into your stomach.
Get your partner to bring you tea and croissants in bed, and don't forget to take
a pre-pregnancy folic acid tablet with some orange juice. Stick a pillow under your
hips, put your feet against the headboard, and relax for a while. Try to visualise
your body making a miracle.
HAVE AN ORGASM
As well as bringing a smile to your face, good sex makes babies! It's official:
a post-coital study of women found that those who had orgasms and enjoyed their
sex retained more sperm than those didn't. It's all to do with the muscular contractions
you experience during an orgasm, which suck up more sperm.
DO YOUR PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES
Strong pelvic floor muscles are good for women, they're good for him, and they're
good for making babies! Well, we don't know for sure, but a few pulls in and up
after sex can't do any harm, can it?
Doing it doggy-style is guaranteed to get your partner's sperm close to that all-important
organ, the cervix. Want another position for deep penetration? Lay side by side
as you have intercourse.
DON'T BE ON TOP
Get off him! You don't want to be on top at the end of the action, as all his sperm
may come rushing back down again. By all means, do it this way before he comes,
but when you know it's getting serious, swap positions!
Enjoy the moment. After ejaculation, ensure your partner stays inside for a few
minutes before withdrawing slowly.